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Ronnie Williams Jr. leads Herald-Sun qualifying

Ronnie WIlliams, left, Micah Holloway, and Mike Smith, celebrate the end of the 3rd hole during the Herald-Sun 2nd round of qualifying at Hillandale Golf Course on June 20, 2017, in Durham, N.C.
Ronnie WIlliams, left, Micah Holloway, and Mike Smith, celebrate the end of the 3rd hole during the Herald-Sun 2nd round of qualifying at Hillandale Golf Course on June 20, 2017, in Durham, N.C.

Ronnie Williams Jr. put his name on the last award in the Herald-Sun Golf Classic without it on Tuesday as he shot the lowest two-round qualifying total at Hillandale Golf Course to earn medalist honors.

He shot a 67 on Tuesday to go with his opening-round 65 for a 132 total. It was two shots better than Scott Campbell (68-66—134).

"It feels good, though. I've shot a 68 or 69 before but never this low," Williams said. "I had five birdies and one bogey (Tuesday) and I'll take that anytime."

Williams said his two rounds were the best he's ever shot in qualifying for the tournament.

The only blemish on his scorecard was the bogey on No. 18.

"I got a little greedy there," Williams said. "I was sitting there with a good score and thought I had a chance to go for eagle. It just didn't work out."

Defending champion Melvin Barnes rallied from his his first-day 73 to shoot a 67 in the second round. He automatically qualified as the No. 1 seed in the Championship Flight for the match-play portion of the tournament that begins on Thursday.

The top 16 from qualifying will compete in the Championship Flight. The rest of the field will be divided into flights based on final qualifying scores.

Last year's medalist and tournament runner-up Bill Bambic struggled with his short game and finished rounds of 75 and 73 that gave him a 148. He still managed to make the Championship Flight.

"I've got to work on my inside-100-yard shots," Bambic said. "I need to hit those a little closer than I have the past couple of days. I need to give myself better looks at birdie. If I'm in the Championship Flight, I've got a chance. I feel good about my game and for whatever reason the past couple of days didn't pan out the way I had hoped coming into the tournament."

Lea Couch was the top senior. He cruised to senior medalist honors by seven strokes after finishing with rounds of 68 and 71 for a 139 total.

Defending senior champion Dink Andrews was second in qualifying scoring with a pair of 73s to post a 146.

There will be two senior flights.

The junior medalist was Toby Ivey Jr., who shot 72 in both of his rounds to post a 144. He is one of three juniors to make the Championship Flight.

In all there were nine golfers who posted sub-par rounds in qualifying on the par-71 layout, including two each by Williams and Campbell. Couch was the only other golfer to stay in the red with his total.

Michael Wicker and Michael Smith, who both finished with 141 totals, each broke par once in qualifying. Smith in the first round with a 70 and Wicker posted a 69 in the second round.

Wicker said he's finding his game again and is looking forward to switching over to match play.

"I had 12 birdies in two days so I know I can make birdies out here," said Wicker, who birdied his first three holes to start his second round. "But I finished up with a double bogey on 18. I did what I needed to do to get myself qualified for the Championship Flight."

Golfers get Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday in match play.

Herald-Sun Golf Classic

In Durham

Hillandale GC

Tuesday's Final Qualifying Round

x-Melvin Barnes

73-67—140

y-Ronnie Williams Jr.

65-67—132

Scott Campbell

68-66—134

Michael Smith

70-71—141

Michael Wicker

72-69—141

Justin Finger

73-70—143

z-Toby Ivey Jr.

72-72—144

Garreth Carpenter

74-71—145

Wayne Jordan

77-68—145

Stacey Anfindsen

76-71—147

Richard Wagner

74-73—147

Corey Johnson

77-70—147

Bill Bambic

73-75—148

Brent Lewis

75-73—148

Max Johnson

74-74—148

Brian Gann

76-74—150

Jeffrey Parker Jr.

75-75—150

Matt Roberts

74-76—150

Cole Scearce

76-74—150

Tommy Alicardi Jr.

77-74—151

Blake McSherry

78-74—152

Alan Stephenson

74-79—153

Wayne Johnson

83-72—155

Drew Harward

77-78—155

Nate Sigman

75-81—156

Munyaradzi Bvumbe

78-79—157

Gary Newcomb

79-78—157

Galen Maultsby

77-82—159

Mark Pennington

79-80—159

Steve Thompson

78-81—159

Taylor Peel

81-79—160

Destin Barnes

86-74—160

Bobby Semler

81-80—161

Ronald Briggs

80-83—163

Phillip Ray

81-82—163

Mike Hall

80-84—164

Keith Johnson

82-82—164

David Perry

83-82—165

Brad Pittman

87-80—167

Jack Tomkovick

86-81—167

Jason Warren

85-82—167

Stephen Kuenzli

84-84—168

BJ Nowak

88-80—168

Adrian Fargerberg

85-84—169

Pete Vurnakes

86-84—170

Micah Holloway

91-79—170

Tim Simpson

82-89—171

Brycen Swain

84-87—171

Tom Alicardi Sr.

86-86—172

Corey Wilson

91-81—172

John Pittman

90-83—173

Ben Thomas

91-82—173

Doug Baker

88-86—174

Charles Thompson

85-89—174

Paul Jones

88-87—175

Jimmy Davis

88-89—177

Scott Parrish

86-91—177

Derrick Sims

89-88—177

Cedell Alexander Jr.

91-88—179

Doug Hall

88-92—180

Johnny Taylor

93-87—180

Buddy Brown

87-93—180

John Ivey

95-86—181

Jeff Allen

93-89—182

Jason Chambers

93-90—183

Michael Kincaid

88-96—184

Brian Stewart

91-93—184

Sam Sorrell

93-92—185

Steve Alford

92-93—185

Gary Chambers

93-94—187

Dennis Perry

92-96—188

Herschel Stephenson

94-94—188

Doug Best Jr.

95-101—196

x-defending champion

y-medalist

z-junior medalist

Senior Division

x-Lea Couch

68-71—139

Dink Andrews

73-73—146

Wayne Bridges

74-75—149

Johnny Adams

82-73—155

Dante Berini

78-77—155

Chris Filiaci

81-75—156

Peter Fox

81-77—158

Cecil Lockley

82-76—158

Ted Maynor

82-80—162

Jim Pearce

82-81—163

Joe Gucker

84-80—164

Fred Avila

83-82—165

Louis Herndon

81-85—166

Danny Bailey

87-82—169

Michael Conway

85-84—169

Bruce Eckard

85-89—174

Chuck Kimpel

88-89—177

Mike Sterner

91-92—183

Paul Harris

88-96—184

Lew Ballard

95-94—189

x-senior medalist

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